McLaughlin and DJR Team Penske Falcon co-driver Alex Premat could do no better than fifth place, but with title rival Shane van Gisbergen languishing in 10th, it was enough to elevate McLaughlin to a slender points lead.

The Saturday race was won by Chaz Mostert and Tickford Racing Falcon co-driver James Moffat, in a welcome return to form after what has been a difficult year for the Ford team.

β€œDon’t talk to me, talk to him, he drove the wheels off it and gave it back in a good position,” Mostert said of co-driver Moffat.

β€œI just had to manage the gap and look after the car. It really has been a tough year. This guy is unbelievable, we are very lucky to have him."

Third went to recent Bathurst winners Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards, who also wrapped up the Pirtek Enduro Cup in their Triple Eight Commodore.

It was a well deserved crown, with the veteran having to come through from a lowly 21st on the grid to claim the runner up spot.

Third was the James Courtney/Jack Perkins Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore.

With two rounds remaining in the 2018 Supercars Championship, McLaughlin heads van Gisbergen by only 14 points. Reigning champion Jamie Whincup remains in mathematical contention, trailing McLaughlin by 433 points, with Lowndes a further 10 in arrears.